I do not have the time tonight to do a proper recap post of the weekend but I really want to share some amazing things with you all tonight. Gen Con is officially over and it was one of the greatest times I had in my life. I met many great people and for the first time met up with a slew of Twitter and Facebook followers which is also awesome. I have build such an online presence for myself that I nearly forgot how wonderful it feels to actually go out into the real world and mingle with blood bearing humans.
Since I am pressed for time tonight and need to spend the time I have on getting the last 700 pictures into the photo galleries I figures I would do a couple lists and share a few pictures with commentary.
Things I learned from Gen Con 2012-
*Bronies are men who are into My Little Pony. As disturbing as that sounds it is a real thing and I wish @GreyMatterSplat had never enlightened me on the subject. I will never be the same again. Now you are ruined too.
*No matter how cheap you try to be you will spend hundreds of dollars at Gen Con. Be it on hotel, admission, parking, food, games, game tickets, or beer. And it is worth every penny!
*Great food can come from a truck! Furthermore some of the best food I ate this weekend came out of a couple of the multiple food trucks parked out in from of the Indianapolis convention center.
*Put your wallet and money in your backpack! I am lucky that the people who Gen Con attacks are some of the kindest most honest people in the world because while demoing a Doctor Who card game the cheap chair that I was sitting in pushed my wallet out of my back pocket. Thank you to the kind man who tapped me on my shoulder and gave it back.
*There is no such thing as a good walking shoe. I needed a moped or Segway to get around the enormous convention center.
Gripes and Things I hope Gen Con will do in the future
*I hate the current ticket system. To me it is a pain in the ass to find stuff online (like stuff you don’t even know exists until you are at the convention) and if you don’t get a spot early you miss out. It is nearly impossible while at the show to find something to spend generic tickets on (if there is I never figured it out.) I ended up bringing home $18 worth of generics that will be tossed in the trash because I couldn’t find anything at all to spend them on.
*The program guide for Gen Con sucks and it is like a kid put it together. It isn’t clear enough about what is really going on and doesn’t even list times or places for things like the costume contest. The way I see it every single event need to be set with a time, place, and date. This convention has been around for way to long and costs way too much to attend to ever feel unorganized. The shitty program is probably the main reason I couldn’t find anything to spend my $18 worth of generic tickets on.
*Signage, Signage, Signage!! I know paper and ink is expensive but can’t we put some more signs up? I guess so far all my gripes are the same here but the lack of communication with the convention goers is frustrating. I feel like there should have been big signs informing us that there are also events going on a mile away (time, date, and location) in the tunnels of hotel hallways. The convention center is FREAKING enormous and I hate feeling like I missed out on something cool.
*People need to be informed on proper shoulder to shoulder walking etiquette. You wouldn’t stop you car in moving traffic in the middle of an intersection would you? Well then don’t stop in the middle of an isle when there are a 1,000 people walking behind you.
Now don’t get me wrong people I know it sounds like I am pissed or mad but that is not the case at all. I had to actually really sit here and come up with anything bad about the show. In reality with the size of it they really do an amazing job pulling it off. My biggest gripe of all is I wish I had gotten a hotel room there and cloned myself to be in two places at the same time.
Oh yeah Day 3′s photo gallery is now up and live!